It's unusual to find a 22-year-old with influences ranging from Billie Holiday to Al Green to Sade. And when you experience Amalia's unique sound and vibe for the first time, you'll never be able to confuse her with another artist. Amalia's refreshing voice caught the attention of Los Angeles-based producer/songwriter JAmie Houston (Steven Tyler, Carlos Santana, Sheryl Crow, Miley Cyrus, Macy Grey, Kid Rock) from 3,000 miles away. "I came across a simple YouTube video and fell in love with her. So much that I asked a friend of mine, Josh Sarubin (former A&R VP Columbia, Arista, Island Def Jam) and current VP in Publishing (Secret Road) to take a meeting with her to see if I was crazy. When he'd called me back and told me she was the ‘real deal,’ I jumped on a plane to meet her." Amalia and Jamie soon began to co-write and record leading to the next step in her journey. "I've been lucky enough to have the opportunity to write and learn from some of the best songwriters around,” Amalia said, “so now I'm excited for people to get a chance to hear it."
Amalia Watty performs Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m.